Audiohammer Studios is one of the world’s foremost recording and mixing facilities for modern metal music. It has earned this reputation for the simplest of reasons: the studio and its staff have played a key role in the creation of some of this century’s most successful and respected metal albums.
Tell us a little about yourself and your experience.
My name is Jason Suecof. I'm a 35 year old Producer/engineer/mixer/writer. I've been producing bands since I was 14 and playing guitar since I was 8.
What drove you to choose your career path?
Music has always been what I've enjoyed most and my parents surrounded me with it growing up. Going to shows and what not, and providing me with a home studio atmosphere growing up.
How did you go about getting your job? What kind of education and experience did you need?
I've just been doing it on my own really since I was a child and figured it out by trial and error. In 94, I opened my basement studio in CT and i moved to Florida in 98 for recording school which I dropped out of and opened Audiohammer Studios in 99.
What do you actually spend the majority of your time doing?
Either recording, playing guitar, or watching tv
What personal tips and shortcuts have made your job easier?
No shortcuts really; it's a constant learning experience
What do you do differently from your coworkers or peers in the same profession?
I don't know the specifics of this but just like every produce, we all do things our own way.
Do you have any advice for people who need to enlist your services?
You can contact Mark or I at firstname.lastname@example.org
What's the worst part of the job and how do you deal with it?
Just long extended periods of time can get a bit cabin feverish sometimes but I'm used to it. You just sorta power through.
What's the most enjoyable part of the job?
Working with great musicians and getting to listen to cool music and hanging out with your friends and make albums.
How do you move up in your field?
I think it's a unique situation for everyone. Some people intern with studios; that's not something we do here. Some people get lucky and if they have skill, they continue to exist in the field. I feel incredibly lucky and I'm very appreciative to be able to do this for a living.
What advice would you give to those aspiring to join your profession?
I would say in the end it's all about having a good ear. Everything you learn (recording-music-yada yada yada) will depend on how good your ears are in the end.